Christian Pulisic returns soon as Premier League announces provisional restart date

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Start Date & Opening Fixtures Reportedly Confirmed For Premier League Return

Premier League clubs on Thursday agreed to restart the 2019/20 season on June 17, provided that all safety requirements are in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Football has already resumed in Germany, with three rounds of the Bundesliga played in empty stadiums.

Villa are now 19th and heading for a return to the Championship, after just one year back in the Premier League, but a win of Chris Wilder's team actually take them into 16th place and drop Watford back into the bottom three.

Every match will be played behind closed doors but screened live by either Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon Prime or the BBC.

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The English Premier League (EPL) will resume with two games - Aston Villa vs. Sheffield United and Manchester City vs. Arsenal - on June 17, the football division announced on Thursday.

Premier League clubs had returned to training in small groups earlier this week with contact training set to be phased in at respective clubs.

The planned kick-off times in the United Kingdom for live matches will also differ from the traditional times.

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Oliver Dowden tweeted his support for today's Premier League announcement.

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This week, in the latest round of testing, only four out of 1008 Covid-19 tests were positive and players and stafff will continue to be tested twice a week.

So far, just 12 people have tested positive for coronavirus after 2,752 tests across the Premier League.

Liverpool is on the verge of winning the Premier League, sitting 25 points in front with nine games remaining.

La Liga has been granted permission to restart in the week commencing June 8, while Serie A clubs are awaiting the green light from the Italian government to resume next month.

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The leaders could clinch the title with victory in their first game back should second-placed Manchester City lose to Arsenal.

Sheffield United's game against Aston Villa could have a huge say on both the race for European positions and the scrap to remain in England's top tier. The hockey league did not give an exact return date but it is not expected to resume earlier than July. "If it said, 'Do not come to Anfield and congregate, ' then they wouldn't do that".

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